Ethiopia says foils Somali rebel plot to seize UN staff

ADDIS ABABA - Ethiopia's intelligence agency said on Monday it has detained eight members of Somalia's al Shabaab Islamist militant group who it accused of plotting to kidnap UN workers.
The arrests were the latest in a crackdown on people charged with having links to fighters in neighbouring Somalia, where Ethiopia has deployed troops to support Mogadishu's battle against al Shabaab and its six-year insurgency.
The group wanted to abduct foreigners working for the UN World Food Programme and the United Nations Development Program in Ethiopia and take them to Somalia to demand a ransom, the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) said.